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dc.contributor.authorGabrielpillai, Matilda
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-27T07:51:44Z
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dc.date.created2018-05-14 23:15
dc.date.issued2009-04-03
dc.identifieroai:circle.library.ubc.ca:2429/6774
dc.identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/2429/6774
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12424/2131857
dc.description.abstractThis study represents the scandal of current colonial racist ideologizing by focusing on the American
 Orientalizing project in Singapore. It argues that, in the era of global capitalism and post-colonial
 theory, the new colonialist epistemologies rely on collaborations between the ruling classes of the 'third
 world' and 'first world' as well as a rhetoric of 'native' nationalism to contain threatening non-Western
 economic success and to create 'third world' populations and governments that will not resist the
 continuation of the Western/American colonizing project. Using a Marxist-Lacanian psychoanalytical
 theory of hegemony, of a "libidinal politics" which focuses on the role of desire in national culture, this
 thesis shows that the Singapore government has used American Orientalist ideology to effect
 disempowering cultural changes in the people. Examining political and literary texts, I argue that the
 Singapore government quotes American notions of 'Oriental' difference to keep "dangerous Western
 (liberal) influences" from 'ethnically contaminating' the nation, and that it has hegemonized an
 'Asian'/'Confucianist' nationalism by hystericizing and repressing the people's desire, leading
 Singaporeans to disavow their location in a post-modern world. The Orientalizing of Singapore, where
 Chinese identity has been produced as a masquerade of Western culture, has also generated a crisis in
 male identity, involving an inward-looking escapist cultural narcissism that blocks a positive response to
 historical realities. Paradoxically, the claim to a non-Western modernity has also been used to suppress
 ethnic difference by producing ethnicity as 'fetish.' The East/West discourse that emerged from the
 caning of an American teenager, Michael Fay, in Singapore is used to reveal the entrapment of
 Singapore's 'Oriental' national identity in American colonial desire, and to argue that the perceived East
 Asian 'cultural confidence' often spoken about today overlooks the fact that such cultural certitude
 accrues from the East entering into the West's fantasy scenarios and staging itself as the other's object of
 desire. This thesis suggests that current 'post-colonial' claims to "ethnic, non-Western" modernisms be viewed with some skepticism as possibly involving the ventriloquistic 'passing' of Western colonial
 ideology as the voice of the 'racial other.'
dc.description.abstractArts, Faculty of
dc.description.abstractEnglish, Department of
dc.description.abstractGraduate
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dc.language.isoeng
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dc.subjectNationalism -- Singapore
dc.subjectSingapore -- Civilization --Western influences
dc.subjectSingapore -- Foreign relations
dc.titleOrientalizing Singapore: psychoanalyzing the discourse of `non-Western modernity
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ge.oai.setnameGraduate Theses and Dissertations
ge.oai.setnameRetrospective Theses and Dissertations, 1919-2007
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